the moments that create my life

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012



We had a wonderful Christmas! Our aim this year was to keep it simple. We tried to focus on Jesus and his birth as the reason for this season. We've spent a lot of time with family over the past weekend. Our family was blessed so much! I'm a bit sad that Christmas has come and gone, but I'm looking forward to taking this refreshed, refocused feeling into the new year.



these two hold the key to my heart


blessed to have these two


with my favorite loves!


 awesome bikes from G & II

Friday, December 14, 2012

An aching heart

Tonight, I want to grab my babies from their beds and snuggle them between their daddy and me. My heart is aching for the mommies and daddies who won't have that opportunity again in this life.
In the wake of this tragedy, I am reminded of the one true need that this world has-Jesus. He was born into this dark world as the Light, the Redeemer. This country, this world needs to cling to Jesus. I strongly believe my babies would grow up in a very different world if more people turned to Jesus.
I will hug my babies close, love them deeply, love and cherish my husband,and pray.
Two verses come to mind tonight:

'Be still and know that I am God.' Psalm 46:10
'For I know the plans I have for you, says The Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, for a future and a hope.' Jeremiah 29:11

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Our Visit with Santa

We started taking Addi to see Santa at Phipps when she was only two months old. She was teeny tiny and oh-so-sweet. And I can't find those pictures on my computer so you'll just have to take my word for it. 

The tradition has continued every year. My mom always took my brothers and I to Phipps, so I want to continue on with that little bit of my childhood. It's always so fun for me. The cute outfits and dresses, coffee..... I just LOVE the entire experience. 

Christmas 2010

Feel free to notice the trend throughout these pictures. Apparently, the little lady has a process she goes through.... panic, freak out, relief. If memory serves me right, age 3 is when this madness began. Up until this point, Santa visits were FINE. enjoyable, memory-making opportunities. 

Bear even got to see Santa and still...panic

Santa's done. Relief! 

Notice the panic setting in

This little ham, he's a pro!

then....she FREAKED! and brother thinks she's ridiculous

This particular Santa visit was complete with ugly cry and uncontrollable slobber. 

Can you say embarassing? 

Sweet relief

I think that the hype of it all gets to my poor girl. She's hates attention. So, I figure that being in the middle of the mall, in front of a ton of people, with a sweet old guy she doesn't know, just doesn't sit well with her. She HATES it. So, our Santa at Phipps days may be over. I'm not sure yet. Maybe we'll try again next year. Maybe not. Who knows? 

You can see this post to see the beauty that is my girl with Santa on her terms. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday (almost)

This is the beautiful photo I saw on the preview site for the little lady's visit with Santa at preschool...It's a snapshot off of my computer screen so it's not great quality. Still it's a far cry from the disaster that our trip to Phipps was. 
 A recap of our family visit to see Santa coming tomorrow on the blog. 
this photo was taken by Elena De La Rosa at Photography by Elena
Monday, December 3, 2012

family love

Yesterday, my side of the family gathered for lunch and photo opportunities after church. We got some really great shots. Thanks to Pops for being the great photographer. 

 I love this group! I am so blessed to have these people. My little family of four definitely rocks my socks!..... the two sweetest not-so-little anymore brothers and one very awesome SIL...... and two amazing parents. really blessed

the original fab five

the mcmichael crew 

the biggest cheese ball ever

we sure do love our bubba and lala

zach-y   : )
again, big cheese ball

Pops and Addi Kate

Gramma & Pops
plus the grandchildren and the added ones. : )


Unfortunately, I've already ordered my Christmas cards or you'd be seeing these cute shots on it! BUT..... if you're lucky enough to get one of my mom's cards, just pretend you haven't seen this post! : )

There are also some shots with the most fantastic grandparents that ever existed. I'll update with those once they're edited. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

this little indian

Of course, I know I'm biased, but this little guy made the cutest little boy indian I've ever seen. Thanksgiving Feasts were last Thursday at preschool. All of the kids were so cute dressed up like indians. Big sister hung out in her classroom with G. She cried and didn't participate so we don't have any pictures of her in her cute little costume. She panicked over her head piece. Panicking and crying seems to be a common thing for her. Poor girl hates any unrequested attention. We're currently taking suggestions on how to remedy this problem. ; )

those little praying hand and squinched eyes.

We all had a great time celebrating Thanksgiving with our school friends. Now, we're super exciting to be preparing for our feast on Thursday with so much of our awesome family! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

random holiday thoughts.

Thanksgiving is in less than a week! I'm in an excited panic mode. See, we're hosting nearly 40ish people for the big day. My house needs to be deep cleaned in a BAD way. Food has to be prepared. We get to have most of our very favorite people in our house, celebrating all of the reasons we have to be thankful. Because, honestly, there are tons and tons of reasons to be thankful. 

In the midst of Thanksgiving prep, I am fighting the urge to bring out bits of my Christmas decor. I don't want to go full fledged into Christmas decorating mode before Thanksgiving because I don't want to feel like we're having Christmas twice. BUT....I'm writing this drinking Peppermint Mocha coffee and listening to Pandora's Christmas station. I am ready. I absolutely love Christmas. Positively, it's my favorite time of the year! 

Decorations are planned. I'm in search of a neat little Advent calendar for the kiddos. We're shifting our focus this Christmas season. It's going to be much less about what we get, even less about the gifts we give to our families. I want to focus on giving to those who truly need it. who go without, and sharing the true meaning of Christmas. Because....honestly, if Christ hadn't been born, lived, died and risen again, all else is lost.  
Friday, November 9, 2012

Let's Do This.

I've felt led to do something for others for a while now. My heart has been heavy for the lost, the orphan and the widow. Of course, there are so many other people in need as well. These are just the groups of people that have been laid on my heart.

Kelly at Kelly's Korner wrote a great post on Pure Charity earlier this week. Please go visit her blog. The link to her blog takes you to a great explanation about the charity. This charity partners with companies who donate percentages of online sales to different mission projects. This doesn't cost you any extra. You simply can follow the links to shopping sites, shop your little heart out, and a percentage of what you buy can be allocated to your Pure Charity account. You choose where your money goes, which projects and mission fields are closest to your heart. 

Personally, I do the majority of my Christmas shopping online. It's easier and I don't have to convince my little people to tolerate the stores! If I can do the shopping that I need to do AND be able to help others in need, I'm in! please, Please, PLEASE go join me. I know there are so many people who shop online. This is so easy!
Saturday, November 3, 2012

Something Sweet Saturdays

I spent the majority of today in Athens with my 4 favorite people. We cheered our Georgia Dawgs to victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. It was a great time with great friends!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Fall mornings

It is a perfect Fall morning. I am making a point to soak it up. 

A certain little stinky boy came into my room at 630, yep, six thirty, this morning turning on lights and willing me to 'get.up! let'!!" So, we left sister bear snuggled up in my nice.warm.bed and went to make apple jelly biscuits at the stinky boy's request! : ) Apple jelly is his absolute favorite. 

We've snuggled, watched cartoons and started laundry.the never ending laundry. I'm thankful to have clothes to wash and a machine to wash them in. We're coloring and playing. There is a stinky puppy that desperately needs a bath. a house that needs cleaning. We're still in our pajamas at nearly 11am. And we may very well stay in them. all. day. long. 

These days are my absolute favorite. No place to go. No reason to rush. We can just be. 

i love sleepy eyes : ) 

So thankful for the opportunity to just be with my kiddos today. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween : )

disclaimer: I don't hate Halloween. I'm just not a huge fan. I prefer holidays with a meaning, a point. Dressing up like something you're not and eating a ton of sugar just isn't high on my list. end of party pooper mode. : )

We've yet to really 'do' Halloween with our kids. Don't get me wrong. They've dressed up. We generally go around to a couple of grandparent houses to show off costumes and get a FEW yummy treats.

Last night, the kiddos were introduced to real trick or treating. We met up with some of our favorite cousins, loaded up on the back of the truck, and pulled through a neighborhood down our street. They were HUGE fans. My little babies were true big kids...running door to door, ringing door bells, saying trick or treat and thank you, and sneaking candy in between. Thanks Kens and Kam for running with my littles.

My sweet cowgirl and handsome race car driver had a blast. We've introduced them to a brand new world of halloween....and we're in for the long haul. Can't wait to take their little costume clad selves trick or treating next year!


                                                    The cowgirl and race car driver with Kam : )


                                                      This race car driver pulls for the Dawgs!


Halloween turned out to be fun, but I'm excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Time to start planning our big Thanksgiving dinner at our house! : )
Monday, October 29, 2012

weekend in review : )

We enjoyed such a nice weekend.
Our low key Friday night included a dinner at Waffle House and visit with Da.

iphone photos

H and Da snuggled up watching some cartoons.
Love the sweet moments with my boy and one of his namesakes. 

Unfortunately, the mister had some work meetings to attend on Saturday. Work on Saturday isn't really the norm around here, thank the Lord. But.... since dad was working, we played. We kidnapped DeeDee and took a trip to the mall. Fun was had by us all, but the kiddos got tired of shopping by mid-afternoon and we headed home.

She'll kill me one day for this, but her faces crack me up! 

This boy is so funny. Such a cheesy boy!

We made it home just in time to cheer on our Dawgs. No fun pictures to show from our game time with G because we were all too busy yelling and screaming and jumping up and down like crazies....... all worth it though, as our dawgs pulled out the win against those pesky gators from the South. (we love you Florida family..... it's just too fun not to rub it in, since we have the chance)
After Sunday church, we built a giant bonfire and cleaned out some of the woods behind our house. We're hoping to achieve more of a lawn than woods. The little people worked super hard helping pick up sticks and tossing them to the fire.

He likes to take pictures of himself and mommy : )

for the record, this is not an intentional 'duck face'. but his face cracks me up!

finally talked camera shy sister to join in! Love these kiddos!

Love these wonderful fall weekends with my family!